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NH girls rock Creek on the pitch


October 02, 2019
The North Harrison Lady Cats' soccer team ran a full blitz over visiting Silver Creek last Tuesday night, shutting out the Lady Dragons by a 6-0 margin in an important Mid-Southern Conference match.

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Gabrielle Scott (22) drills a shot for one of her three goals against Silver Creek's Sarah Elder. Photo By Wade Bell
The Lady Cats kept the ball on their end of the field through most of the game while keeping their MSC record spotless at 4-0.

"It was a big win for the girls," said North Harrison co-coach Laura Rainbolt. "The girls needed to face this so they can get over any mental hurdles that they have right now. That's the biggest thing right now, especially for high school girls. It's just overcoming the mind and believing in yourself and believing in each other."

"We go into every game like it's the most important though," said co-coach Holly Smith.

The Lady Cats wasted no time going on an assault early in the first half and got their first goal just under 2-1/2 minutes into the game when Cassie Dossett punched in a shot on the right side. The Lady Cats later had four more shots on goal, but Silver Creek goalie Emma Wilcoxson kept the ball out of the net each time.

With 5:53 left in the half, North Harrison's Maddie Nicholas charged the net from the right side to punch in the Lady Cats' second goal of the game for a 2-0 lead. North Harrison fired three more shots at the goal before the end of the half with two stopped by Wilcoxson. Silver Creek had two chances to score, but Carley Troutman missed on a free kick and North Harrison stopped a second attempt at the end of the half, which ended at 2-0 in favor of the Lady Cats.

"We play only our game," Rainbolt said. "It doesn't matter who we play. It's our game as a team together, and it doesn't matter what you hear or what's going on. As long as you play our game, that's our goal."

Nicholas fired in a third goal for the Lady Cats to begin the second half, but that was called back when offsides was whistled. Wilcoxson stopped two more Lady Cat shots: a Nicholas attempt then Sarah Waynescott bouncing a shot off the post. Gabrielle Scott got a free kick on a Silver Creek penalty and punched the ball through the net for a 3-0 North Harrison lead.

The Lady Cats continued to attack. Wilcoxson stopped two more North Harrison attacks on goal, and Waynescott missed again on the right side. With 27:09 left in the game, North Harrison's Ali Saunders fired in a goal on the left side and the Lady Cats' lead ballooned to 4-0.

Scott fired in two more goals to complete her hat trick. At 24:33 left, Scott punched a shot down the middle to score. Wilcoxson had three more defensive stops for the Lady Dragons then, at 17:17, Scott fired in a 20-yard shot from the right side that found the back of the net. The North Harrison defense kept the Lady Dragons chained during the rest of the game, going on for the 6-0 win.

"The key was just to get them to focus on themselves," said Rainbolt. "We've already got them to focus on their abilities, focus on their confidence, focus on playing as a team. They go into every game as a team."

North Harrison had 32 shots at goal with Wilcoxson stopping 15 of those. Team captains Nicholas and Scott were all over the field leading the North Harrison charge.

"We have a lot of universal players," said Smith. "It's a group effort, and we've got a lot of heart on the team and a lot of skills. A lot of the girls know where they need to be at certain points of the field. So, that's kind of where (Nicholas') part is and she can't do it without everybody else and everybody else can't do it without her. So, it's a group."

"(Scott's) a captain," Rainbolt said. "Maddie is a captain as well. The role of the captains is to set an example. It's a team sport. They've got to hold it all together. It doesn't matter how good one person is. They're not going to play to their ability."

The win improved the Lady Cats' overall record to 8-2-2.

"One game isn't going to change our focus," said Rainbolt. "One game isn't going to make our season. One game isn't going to put us one way or another. It's just a chance for the girls to get out there and see what weaknesses we need to work on, where our strengths are just to re-enforce them and continue to work on fundamentals and endurance, things like that. We try not to put too much weight on one thing."

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